Our statement on escalating violence in Gaza
As violence escalates in Gaza, the more than 50 aid workers in Mercy Corps' Palestine mission are watching with great anxiety. We have temporarily suspended our programs in Gaza.
"This is the worst escalation of violence we have seen since the 2014 Gaza War, and it is civilians who will suffer as a result," says Mercy Corps' Palestine Mission Director Andy Dwonch.
"Every increase in violence diminishes our hopes for a peaceful resolution and sets back any progress in alleviating the already desperate living conditions in Gaza, where 70 percent of people rely on humanitarian aid to survive."
Mercy Corps has worked in Palestine for three decades, providing humanitarian relief, working with children and young people and expanding job opportunities.
The Gaza Strip, home to 1.8 million people, has been under a blockade since 2007, which has paralyzed its economy and led to severe shortages of water, electricity, food and fuel. According to the U.N., at least 80 percent of the population is dependent on external assistance.
- Emergency response: Distributing emergency food and supplies to families displaced by crisis. We were on the ground providing aid during the most recent conflict and responded to flooding in December 2013, the Israel-Hamas conflict in 2008-09, and border closures in 2005
- Children & Youth: Providing educational mentoring, one-on-one tutoring and psychosocial support for young people, who make up half the population
- Economic opportunity: Expanding employment opportunities, especially in the internet technology sector, by providing training, networking opportunities and seed funding for startups
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Prepared to meet humanitarian needs in Gaza
Our team in Gaza is working to provide emergency assistance to families in need as security allows.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Helping thousands stranded by widespread flooding
We're distributing blankets, mattresses, jackets and supplies to families forced from their homes and facing an acute energy shortage in the Gaza Strip.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): In the News: NPR's All Things Considered profiles Mercy Corps tech startups in Gaza
Gaza is rich with educated youth but limited in job opportunities. We are working to develop Gaza as an innovative tech hub and support youth with startup dreams.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Wheelchairs are no barrier to sport
A 15-year-old double amputee takes a shot during a wheelchair basketball tournament Mercy Corps organized in the West Bank, an area of the world where those with disabilities are highly marginalized.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Gaza Sky Geeks takes tech support to the next level
In the isolated Gaza Strip, economic instability is a constant. But in the months after November's conflict, our work with tech-savvy Palestinian youth has taken a new spin.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Working through war
The power of love in all the people I know — people I work with in Mercy Corps and people I care for — overcame the fear that filled everyone’s heart in Gaza.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Voices from Gaza
In mid-November 2012, hostilities between Israel and Gaza brought incredible violence to both countries. Read how the conflict affected members of our youth leadership program in Gaza, one of the places around the world where we're working to build a global network of young leaders.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Assessments postponed, staff lose homes
After rumors of a cease-fire that never materialized yesterday, Gazans spent another sleepless night under even heavier bombardment from Israel, according to Mercy Corps team leaders there. We spoke with them today at 6:00 p.m.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Report from Gaza City
Isdud Al-Najjar usually spends her days managing Mercy Corps programs in Gaza that range from offering afterschool activities to paying people to rebuild farm roads. But the 36-year-old mother of three has spent the last week hunkered down in her Gaza City home. I spoke to her around 7:30 p.m.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Mercy Corps urges peaceful resolution to avert humanitarian crisis
Mercy Corps is gravely concerned about the escalating violence between Israel and Gaza.